A BOOTS-ON-THE-GROUND VIEW OF DARK CRISIS!
As the Hall of Justice falls, get new perspectives on the various conflicts while the battles across Dark Crisis rage on! With the classic Justice League members gone, see how members of the next generation such as Red Canary and The Flash Family deal with the chaos in this key chapter of the saga leading into Dark Crisis #7.
Get Your Comic OnIt goes without saying that this would be a 5⭐️ entry, phenomenal writing and artwork creates a masterpiece that is not to be missed.
Comics Nexus by Inside PulseA bit of a potpourri of stories that were characters focused despite all the action therein. Eclectic creative teams telling more eclectic stories from the battle front. Didn’t feel essential to the overall Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths event despite Red Canary remaining quite intriguing.
Comic WatchDark Crisis: War Zones #1 is the most consistent, and strongest of the Dark Crisis tie-ins thus far, taking the theme of legacy and spinning out five interesting stories beyond the Justice League. There’s no weak link in the five stories, and each one delivers at least one excellent narrative or artist decision that sells the story. The issue is a great sampling for those not reading Dark Crisis but might want to see a different perspective compared to the main title. It’s also a great sampling of what may come next for the DC Universe post-Dark Crisis, with its emphasis on legacy and new characters.
Geek DadOverall, all five of these stories are enjoyable, but really only the first seems like a must-read.
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AIPTWith solid art, action, and spotlights on some small-name heroes from DC’s deep bench of talent, Dark Crisis: War Zone #1 provides a cross-section of what’s going on across the DC Universe during the climactic battle at the Hall of Justice, with just a tease of what’s to come next year.
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Lyles Movie FilesThis anthology has strong bookends and adequate filler stories. It’s not essential to the main story, but offers some decent glimpses at how the war effort is playing out against Pariah on multiple fronts.
Dark Knight NewsReading Dark Crisis: War Zone #1 is like eating a Russel Stower’s box of chocolates. Each piece is uniquely flavored and therefore will appeal to different individuals. Some are chocolate junkies who will appreciate each piece, others may have more distinct pallets that don’t like coconut, and you know what? That’s okay. There’s enough in this issue that will appeal to someone, even if it’s only one or two stories. Final Verdict: I like chocolate, and I like Dark Crisis: War Zone #1.
The Comicbook DispatchDark Crisis on Infinite Earths has taken forever. Readers, this crisis began June 7th, 2022 with A Free Comic Book Day Special in May. It’s now December 6th, 2022 and we are still talking about the Dark Crisis and having tie-ins. Sure, there haven’t been many tie-ins but this sucker is dragging on now. Many fans have probably already lost interest let alone buy tie-in issues. So, enter Dark Crisis: War Zone #1 where the impression received from the title, as well as the many covers, was that we were getting some action. We’d get some fights from the Justice League mixed in with some of their most vicious villains of all time. But instead, we get four mini-stories of female heroes, some new and obscure, and very little (if any) air time with any of the heroes who have headlined the entire Dark Crisis to date. Dark Crisis: War Zone #1 is entirely skippable. And what’s worse is that I don’t know what new or pertinent information is gained by this comic towards the event. Furthermore, it’s also not what was entirely advertised. We do get the Flash Family for a bit and a small portion of Red Canary, however, who’s buying it for that? Maybe some Jeremy Adams Flash fans. But, that’s only 8 pages of the entire Dark Crisis: War Zone #1. Plus, the Red Canary portion is just a large awkward exchange between Damian and Red Canary followed by multiple “stan” moments when she meets Black Canary. Truthfully, the best story and art come from Adams Flash Family pages. If you really need to see Linda working together with Iris, then pick this up. Otherwise, with an event that’s taken six months to unfold and interest lost by many, Dark Crisis: War Zone #1 doesn’t do anything to entice you to buy it and appears to be an avenue to showcase how some new DC Comic female heroes are doing throughout the crisis. Readers, save your money. This is a hard pass from me.
ComicBook.comDark Crisis: War Zone is a one-shot set between Dark Crisis #6 and #7, giving a few short stories among various heroes during the final climactic battle. Some are definitely better than others – Iris West and Linda Park get a fun interaction, Jim Corrigan and The Spectre have reunited which feels like it will be a bigger deal later on and we get to see Red Canary finally meet Black Canary after following-up on what happened in The Dark Army one-shot. While it's unclear if its intentional, the vignettes all set up what is supposed to be the final climactic showdown as merely white noise as splash pages keep popping up as distractions for each story. The one story that manages to stand out from the crowd Green Lantern Corps scene and that's mostly due to George Kambadais' artwork.
Comic Book RevolutionDark Crisis: War Zone #1 was a mixed bag. That is to be expected with an issue comprised of five different eight-page stories. In the end, Dark Crisis: War Zone #1 costs a whopping $6.00. It is absolutely not at all worth the price of admission. This certainly feels like a cash grab. I would pass on this issue. There is nothing in Dark Crisis: War Zone #1 that is necessary to read in order to enjoy the main Dark Crisis event.